About 40 years ago the disease 'lethal yellowing' killed most of the coconut palms in our area. Twenty years before, Key West lost there coconut palms. The government imported a strain of coconuts that were immune to the problem. But now some of the new coconut palms are getting the disease. We are losing 20 or more species of palms that are dieing. We also have problems with the die off of citrus, avocado, and ficus.